The Arrive Alive Tour brought their distracted driving and DWI simulator to Mountain View High School in Tucson, Arizona this week. During that stop, Carlos Herrera from KGUN 9 on Your Side stopped by to cover the event and try out the texting while driving simulator. Check out their Facebook Live video below!
Distracted Driving Program
According to The National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. On top of that, 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. Our distracted driving program allowed the students at Mountain View High School to experience first-hand how distracted and impaired driving can have an impact on them for the rest of their lives.
The Arrive Alive Tour program uses a high-tech simulator and impact video to educate participants about the dangers of texting and driving, as well as drinking and driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the possible consequences of distracted and drunk driving, but in a controlled environment.
During the program, students get behind the wheel and they are tested on their driving skills. They wear virtual reality goggles, which gives the students a sense of the dangers. This gives them the reality check they need to see the true dangers of using their cell phone while behind the wheel.
Everyone Has A Cell Phone
According to the CTIA – The Wireless Association, nearly 90 percent of all Americans have a cell phone! So, pretty much everyone that is able to drive owns a cell phone. We all know that teens love their cell phones and are constantly on them. Because of that, drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With a lack of driving experience, this leads to misjudgments behind the wheel if they become distracted.
During their time at the Arrive Alive Tour program, WGUN did live shots for their morning show. Herrera was able to get behind the wheel and experience the distracted driving simulator. He was also able to check out drinking and driving simulator. You can check out his experience in this Facebook Live video: